Created by Google component of the Android SDK manager is completely open and free for any developer, no matter what level of skills in Android software development.
Android SDK Manager allows smartphone software developers to experiment with the new system, because the real installation of Android on your computer or on a laptop is not possible. The component has everything you need to effectively create programs on Windows. It can act as a good emulator to test them after creation. But even those who do not understand and are not interested in development can test the emulator to select the permissions with which you can also work if you want. After studying this component at least a little bit, you will realize that it is amazing.
The Android SDK is capable of working with various multimedia content, such as sound, video and pictures in different formats. It is also able to work with different SQ databases. WebKit browser, Dalvik virtual machine, GSM telephony, etc. have been integrated into the platform. Those who use this tool are able to test the applications that they themselves have created.
Installing the emulators is not the easiest thing to do, because you will need to do some work with the program code. However, there is a lot of documentation freely available on the web which will allow you to get the best performance from the SDK. The program will be really useful only for those who develop mobile applications and not just for curious users who wonder how this or that application looks like. Overall, this platform can provide a solid development environment.
It is a good alternative to the very popular BlueStax. But, in contrast to it, here you will have to sit with the settings, because this program is used by the creators of high-level applications. Before you install the program and all its components, such as Android SDK Tools, you need to make sure that your WIndows computer has at least 2 GB of RAM, more is better, and your hard drive has at least 1.5 GB of space for the emulator and cache. Your monitor must support a resolution of at least 1200×800 pixels.
Installation and updating process
- The first step is to install Android SDK Tools and Java Development. First, download the latest version of Java, depending on the operating system choose the bit rate, then run the installation. If you download the installation file in .exe format, then you can install the Java add-on right away. Along with this you will need to install Eclipse separately. If you have a ZIP-archive from the official site of the program, then this addition will be included in the installation. After installing all the necessary add-ons on your computer, you will need to create a folder called Android SDK in the root of your logical drive, install the program there or simply extract the files from the archive if you install through it.
- Next, you need to run Eclipse. To do this, go to the appropriate folder and run the file eclipse.exe. Change the path of our project in the eclipse environment to C:\Android\workspace and check the checkbox “Use as standard and do not ask again”, this will allow you to use this path always as standard. After that you will see a box asking if you want to take part in the statistics, which will improve the development of the emulator. The result will depend on your decision, you can either accept or decline the offer.
- Let’s go to the Windows button, then to the Android SDK Manager. Here you need to select the replacement option, which will avoid installing each of the versions of this operating system. Next, open the directories of the desired versions and check the boxes near the items ARM v7a and Platform. Press the install button and install the next 6 packages that the installer will offer. Before that, you need to accept the terms of the license agreement and only after that click on the install button. Wait until all of the components that you selected and need are installed.
Immediately after completing the updates press the OK button, then you can start your virtual smartphone through this application. The SDK is a unique set of tools that allows you to develop applications for a wide variety of platforms.
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How to get started with the program
When you are done with downloading and installing Android SDK Tools and other components necessary for the program, you need to go to “Virtual Devices” and create there at least one or more devices that will emulate the phone to test the performance of applications. To do this, you need to click on the “New” button. Next, you need to come up with a name for the new device, which, by the way, can be changed at any time.
In the column “Target” you need to specify which version of the Android operating system you would like to see on your virtual phone. To begin with, as a maximum version we will set 2.3, we do not put higher. Next, you need to specify how much space will be available on the memory card in MB. In the field called “Skin” you need to specify the screen size that you want to see on your virtual device.
You will be able to choose any size from those offered in the special table. In the Hardware column you need to click on the “New” button and select additional devices that you would like to see in your device, be it GPS, accelerometer, camera, sound recording, etc.
Immediately after entering all the parameters you can safely click on the “Save” button.
Limitations in using the platform
Before you start using the program and all its components, such as Android SDK Tools, we should talk about the limitations. First of all, you will not have access to real calls from a virtual phone on Google Android. The project is only used to give you the opportunity to test your operating system, its interface, and to try out the apps you want without having to buy anything in them.
The next limitation is that all applications that work with the camera or with the GPS module will realize that these devices are not actually present. All apps that use location services will not be able to figure out where you are. There is actually a way to eliminate this, but the tricky and tricky systems in this case will be against the law.
You will also be able to see that your designed device may not have very high performance, much lower than on a similar real device. But there are still a lot of things that this manager allows you to do without problems, in particular at the beginning of the installation of applications.
If the above disadvantages don’t stop you, however, you can easily get a pretty good running virtual Android device on your Windows 7, 8 or 10.